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The latest Raffles hotel opened at the start of the month in the dynamic, vibrant city of Istanbul. Here is are nine things you need to know about this ultra-luxurious hotel...

- The new luxury hotel overlooks the Bosphorus, the Prince Islands and the historic peninsula - a stunning vantage point above the city.

-  Raffles Istanbul's 132 beautiful guestrooms and 49 stunning suites. Throughout the accommodation tradition Turkish style will be blended with contemporary design. Floor to ceiling windows lead to furnished private terraces and balconies.  

-  As in its sister hotel in Paris, Raffles Istanbul will have an Art Concierge, to steer clients through the city's exciting new art scene which, over the last few years, has shifted from heavily traditional to a reinvigorated one, energetically celebrating its new generation of artists.

-  The famous Raffles Butlers will bring a new level of luxury and service to Istanbul - a first for the city.

- Fancy a relaxing evening after a busy day sightseeing? Take in a movie at the hotel's open air rooftop movie theatre.

- With nine treatment rooms and suites and a choice of pools, saunas, steam rooms and hammams, Raffles Spa is set to be one of the most comprehensive in Istanbul. Gazelli Skincare and Organic Pharmacy products will be used to create an extensive spa menu.

- Istanbul is known as a melting pot of gastronomic delights - and so too is Raffles Istanbul. The hotel will serve guests a diverse range of culinary delights from two restaurants, two bars and lounges and a patisserie. The place to be seen will be in the Long Bar where cocktails promise to be classic - but with a distinctly glamorous new twist.

- Tarek Mourad, General Manager of Raffles Istanbul, brings with him a wealth of experience in opening successful 5* luxury hotels. He was previously General Manager at Four Seasons Sultan Ahmed in Istanbul. He returns from Azerbaijan, where he oversaw the opening of Four Seasons Baku. Mr. Mourad comments: 'I am so happy to be part such an exciting opening. We have an amazing team of people here, whose motto is 'Passion to Exceed' - they are the ones who will provide individual, tailor-made experiences to our guests - in the Raffles way: thoughtfully, with charm and grace - and always welcoming.'

- Speaking about the new luxury hotel, Peter French President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts said: 'The spirit of Raffles fits perfectly into this extraordinary capital city at such an exciting time. Our philosophy is to create oases where people come together, then continue on, refreshed. And it is this tradition of bringing people together that is an essential feature of the story of Raffles in Istanbul. For centuries Istanbul has been the meeting place between East and West, Asia and Europe, where great civilizations and cultures have left their mark and where people have exchanged ideas, told stories and set out again.

Luxury Hotels Link:  www.raffles.com/Istanbul  
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